Political Affairs and Democracy


Call for immediate release of detained Belarusian activists

Andrea Rigoni (ALDE, Italy), following his fact-finding visit to Minsk on 23-24 March 2017, called on the authorities to immediately release all those who have been detained in connection with the March demonstrations. More

Political transition in Tunisia: fact-finding visit by rapporteur to Tunis

George Loucaides, rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will make a fact-finding visit to Tunis from 27 to 30 March in connection with the preparation of his report on political transition in Tunisia. More

Situation in Belarus: rapporteur to make fact-finding visit to Minsk

Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, will make a fact-finding visit to Minsk on 23-24 March. He is due to meet notably the President of the Republic and the Speakers of both Chambers of the National Assembly. More

Political Affairs Committee backs proposal for fourth Council of Europe Summit

The Political Affairs Committee today backed the proposal for a 4th Council of Europe Summit, stressing that such a Summit should aim at re-launching the CoE's core mission: a pan-European organisation, offering a common legal space. More

Situation in Turkey: statement by PACE Committee on Political Affairs

Following an exchange of views on the situation in Turkey, the Committee recalls the concerns expressed in the report published by its ad hoc Sub-Committee which visited Ankara in November 2016. More

Rapporteurs urge Belarusian authorities to join the European family of abolitionists

Yves Cruchten, general rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, and Andrea Rigoni, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, have deplored the death sentence handed down on Kiryl Kazachok by a Belarusian court. More